Thursday, December 09, 2021
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NEW ORLEANS - 09-06-2021

Following is a statement from Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman regarding the return of inmates after Hurricane Ida:

"Early this morning, the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office (OPSO) initiated the return of all evacuated inmates to our secured facilities, in accordance with the Sheriff's Office Hurricane Recovery Plan. We worked in coordination with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections and the Louisiana Sheriff's Task Force on the transfer process, which has been completed.

The completion of this return was done in the early morning hours to minimize the impact on highway traffic entering metro New Orleans with the available resources of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Louisiana Sheriff's Task Force, the OPSO and our partner agencies.

OPSO has full power, which will allow us to properly manage the care, custody and control of inmates within our own facilities. All OPSO buildings were inspected by deputies and staff to ensure the conditions were appropriate for the return of these inmates.

Throughout this evacuation process we kept the 22 COVID-19 positive inmates in our care separated from the remainder of the jail population. We are pleased to report that upon their return all 22 of these individuals were re-tested and are now presumed negative for COVID-19. We are very appreciative of Wellpath, our medical provider. The Wellpath staff ensured that these individuals, as well as the rest of the inmates in our custody, received consistent, high-quality care and that all CDC and LDH COVID-19 guidelines were followed throughout this process.

The Intake and Processing Center and other Sheriff's Office facilities continue normal operations. We continue to receive any arrested individuals from the New Orleans Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

This Office has operated on High Alert Status since Friday, Aug. 27 and supervised 143 inmates arrested after the hurricane. The OPSO has maintained consistent communication with the City of New Orleans, New Orleans Police Department and the other offices of the Orleans Parish Criminal Justice System.

We are grateful for the cooperation and assistance received from our partners at the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, the Louisiana Sheriff's Task Force and city and federal authorities, who have helped facilitate these relocations and today's subsequent return.

As always, we want to reassure the citizens of Orleans Parish that the deputies and administrative staff of the Sheriff's Office are on duty. They are working diligently and acting in the interest of public safety as our community returns.

The public can visit the OPSO Facebook page, website at or call the Sheriff's Office at 504-827-8536 for more information."

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